Online Education Specialist Degree
This post-master’s degree falls in between a master’s degree and a doctorate degree and is usually awarded after the sixth year of collegiate study. Students in the program can gain additional expertise in their chosen field, and often go on to become instructional coordinators, principals, superintendents and other kinds of administrative leaders within school systems.
The education specialist degree is considered a terminal degree. However, most doctorate programs will accept some transfer credits from an education specialist degree program if an individual decides he or she would like to pursue a doctorate degree.
|Curriculum and instruction|
|Reading and language|
|Educational leadership and administration|
Students in an education specialist degree program must choose a specialization such as educational policy studies, educational leadership and administration, or instructional technology. An educator pursuing an instructional technology specialization may take courses on integrating technology into teaching practice, while an educator pursuing an educational policy studies specialization may take classes on research, measurements and the social foundations of education.
An education specialist degree generally cannot be completed entirely online as most programs require students to have field experiences in the classroom.
To be accepted into a program, students typically need a master’s degree in education and several years of teaching experience.
|Education administrator, elementary and secondary school||$65,000|
|High school principal||$89,000|
Aspiring principals and postsecondary teachers can look forward to job growth in their fields. Employment of elementary, middle and high school principals is expected to grow about 10 percent by 2020, while employment of postsecondary teachers is expected to increase 17 percent by the same year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Median salaries range from about $47,000 for a postsecondary instructor to about $89,000 for a high school principal, according to PayScale, an online salary database. Educators who use their degree to land high-level administrative positions earn even higher salaries. School superintendents, for example, can make more than $116,000 annually.